The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Canopy Walk

GUFC Second Quarterly Program: Watershed Restoration, Tree Inventories, and Public Health
May 14, 2014
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30309

At this program held at the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Garden, we’ll learn more about watershed restoration and green infrastructure through a discussion of Atlanta’s Proctor Creek Watershed Project currently addressing the issues of flooding, water pollution and community health. Also on the agenda will be a look at tree inventories and the i-Tree software, including i-Tree Canopy, i-Tree Eco, and i-Tree Hydro. Finally, we’ll get an update on the public health benefits of tree canopy and green infrastructure projects. Lunch is included, and attendees will have the opportunity afterwards to tour the garden and exhibits.  3.25 ISA Arborist CEUs.   3 SAF Forestry CFEs, category 1.  Professional Development Certificates available for landscape architects and others. Register by April 29 to receive parking pass when you arrive at program.

$40 members, $50 non-members
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Georgia ReLeaf Funding Available
The Georgia Urban Forest Council, in cooperation with the Georgia Forestry Commission, established the Georgia ReLeaf  program to bring urban forests in storm-struck communities back to life by making funds available for planting trees in public areas such as parks, schools, main streets, and business districts. This year, the Georgia ReLeaf program is also making funding available for tree planting projects benefitting or involving our military veterans. For more information about the funding process and to download an application, click here.
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SHADE Magazine is here – in Electronic Flipbook form!GUFC_SHADE_2014-2015.indd  The 2014 issue of SHADE is brimming with informative articles on creating green infrastructure, the public health benefits of trees and green spaces, re-greening to reduce stormwater flow, controlling the risk and managing the liability of trees, creating urban orchards, saluting Georgia Tree Campus USAs, the urban forestry accomplishments of volunteers and practitioners from around the state and so much more.  We hope you enjoy Shade Magazine in this new format!  Click here or on the image for your copy.


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Turf and Trees Seminar for the Green Industry Draws 40

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It was a drizzly day, but attendees ventured outdoors so that instructor and arborist Dan Bauer could give them valuable pruning tips.

GUFC and the Bibb County Cooperative Extension  presented a “Turf and Trees Seminar for the Green Industry” on February 4 at the Pavillion at Claystone Park at Lake Tobesofkee in Macon.  This class drew an overall crowd of 40 and was geared toward landscaping crews and others in the green industry who wanted to learn more about maintenance of healthy turf and proper tree planting and tree care techniques. Morning topics, taught by UGA extension agents and specialists included turf disease, herbicides, calibration; the tree topics, taught by Dan Bauer and Ehren Moler of Arbor Equity, Inc., included tree planting, mulching, water, staking, pruning, and soil management.

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GUFC Inducted into 2013 Class of The Home Depot Foundation’s Building Community Network

On November 19, the Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC) attended The Home Depot HDF_Logo_std_HiRes_R#19DF35Foundation and Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ annual Building Community Network Kick-Off Luncheon, held at Piedmont Park, where GUFC was inducted into the Building Community Network Class of 2013. GUFC was one of 20 Atlanta-area nonprofit organizations invited to join this year. At the end of the day, GUFC also received a surprise $20,000 donation from The Home Depot Foundation!

As part of Class of 2013, GUFC joins nearly 150 alumni that participated in prior years and will have the opportunity to build partnerships with these organizations to build a stronger Atlanta.

“Atlanta is a strong, vibrant community because of the nonprofit organizations that dedicate their work to improving the city and lives of its residents,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “It takes great vision and a lot of hard work to create and sustain innovative, impactful programs, and we thank our 2013 Class for the meaningful impact they are making on our community. We hope their participation will foster new relationships that will enhance their work and welcome them to the Building Community Network family.”

The Home Depot was founded in Atlanta in 1979. With 60 stores and almost 20,000 associates who live and work in Metro Atlanta, The Home Depot Foundation works daily to make a positive impact on its hometown through strategic grant making and numerous volunteer activities. Over the last six years, The Home Depot Foundation has donated more than $35 Million to 1,000 Atlanta nonprofit organizations.

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2013 GUFC Annual Conference in Columbus


The Treeman speaks at the annual conference’s evening reception, raising funds for Georgia ReLeaf.

104 people attended Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Annual Conference October 23 and 24 at the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center, with an additional 25 at the awards luncheon.  Conference sessions focused on “Tree Canopy and Green Infrastructure:  Creating Vibrant and Healthy Communities.”   Our many outstanding speakers included the Green Infrastructure Center’s Karen Firehock, Kansas City planner Mike Beezhold, Oklahoma Community Forester Mark Bays, Natural Path Urban Forestry Consulting’s Mark Duntemann, Auburn University’s Dr. Graeme Lockaby, and many others, all of whom presented engaging and educational talksAttendees also had the chance to tour Columbus’ Riverfront Project, get a lively tour of noted Columbus trees, or take a bus tour to view Columbus State University’s master plan and tree plantings.  The Wednesday evening reception raised funds for GUFC’s Georgia ReLeaf program, which provides tree planting funds for communities that have lost trees to storms.  Thursday’s awards luncheon honored individuals and organizations that have made impressive contributions to Georgia’s urban forests.   A post-conference river raft ride rounded out the activities.  Many thanks to speakers, sponsors, and attendees for a job well-done!


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Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning
Trees are an important part of our community’s infrastructure. They provide us with many valuable and irreplaceable environmental, economic, and social benefits. But, during a storm, our trees are also at risk and can cause significant damage not only to infrastructure but also to personal property.

Community Forest Storm Mitigation plans serve as a guide for assessing current storm readiness, for creating a summary of your community’s current forest management program and as a storm mitigation checklist.

A Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning Workbook and Template are available at this link:

PowerPoint presentations from community forest storm mitigation workshops are available here:

Please contact the Georgia Forestry Commission Sustainable Community Forestry Program staff if you need any assistance with your plan.

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